The Top 100 Halloween movies of All-time.by Eric-Scissorhands | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
"Bonfires burning bright, Pumpkin faces in the night, I remember Halloween!"
These are my picks of a hundred or so of the most Quintessential Halloween themed films, specials, and television shows to view around the month of October.
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1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Votes: 110,741 | Gross: $39.51M
The quintessential Halloween film for me growing up. I watch it every year.
2. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 248,788 | Gross: $47.00M
No list is complete without this slasher classic TBH.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 311,747 | Gross: $75.08M
This is for both Halloween & X-Mas.
4. Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)
TV-G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a young girl living with her good-witch grandmother learns she too is a witch, she must help her grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.
Another Disney made for TV Halloween treat that floods me with nostalgia with every viewing.
A bunch of sequels followed but none worth seeing more than once IMO. This is the only entry to the franchise Ive seen multiple times.
5. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
Captures the Halloween atmosphere Perfectly.
6. The Addams Family (1991)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.
Votes: 143,815 | Gross: $113.50M
+ The Addams Family Values
Even though I love the classic tv show and it's cast, its hard to decide who did it better when theyre both so damn goooood.
7. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.
Votes: 277,189 | Gross: $73.71M
He's the ghost with the most.
8. Casper (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.
Votes: 127,532 | Gross: $100.33M
I was so in love with Christina Ricci as a kid thanks to this as well as her Addams Family appearances, so naturally this would crack my top 10.
Its fun little movie with a great soundtrack, awesome cameos, and lots of charm the whole family can enjoy.
9. Monster House (2006)
PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.
Votes: 109,100 | Gross: $73.66M
Super fun animated feature about a bunch of kids who take on a house thats been possessed during Halloween.
10. When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001 TV Movie)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Family
When 12 year old Danny Walker moves to his father's hometown in Minnesota, he finds that the town doesn't celebrate Halloween and things aren't quite what they appear to be.
Extremely underrated made for tv gem.
11. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
TV-MA | 572 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
12. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 173,719 | Gross: $50.69M
13. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.
14. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Votes: 765,549 | Gross: $1.48M
Time Traveling, alternate universes, beautiful visuals Frank the Bunny Rabbit and disturbed teenagers.
Theres a reason this is a cult classic.
15. Stranger Things (2016– )
TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.
The show relies heavily on 80's nostalgia all throughout the series. Not a complaint, just an observation. its what attracted me to watch it in the 1st place and I enjoyed every minute of it.
2nd season is good too, but not as good as the 1st unfortunately. Its set in Halloween though unlike the first which is always a nice touch.
16. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
Votes: 344,485 | Gross: $101.07M
Tim Burton takes on the classic tale with style and grace.
17. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)
PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music
A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.
Halloween just wouldnt be the same without this horror inspired pop classic.
18. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 388,299 | Gross: $435.11M
Takes place around Halloween.
19. The Monster Squad (1987)
PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.
Votes: 30,822 | Gross: $3.77M
Some of the most famous Universal Monsters come together for this campy late 80s/Goonies styled halloween classic.
Just plain fun.
20. The Halloween Tree (1993 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 69 min | Animation, Drama, Family
Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.
This is entertaining as well as informative. It takes you on a journey through the history of Halloween and its origins.
21. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–2020)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
22. Halloween Wars (2011– )
TV-G | 42 min | Family, Game-Show, Reality-TV
In this four-episode competition series, five teams are comprised of candy makers, pumpkin carvers, and cake decorators. While working together to create the ultimate Halloween themed ... See full summary »
23. American Horror Story (2011– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, a slasher summer camp, and a bleak beach town and desert valley.
Murder house is my favorite season to get to the Halloween mood so far. Followed by Asylum, then Coven, then Hotel. Dont really care for the other seasons.
24. The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance
Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it?
This movie is seldom mentioned anymore which is a shame because its a fun little Halloween movie.
25. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)
G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of ... See full summary »
Super cheesy and low budget but a classic nevertheless.
26. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.
Votes: 377,670 | Gross: $232.91M
Probably one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
27. Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular (2003 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 47 min | Animation, Comedy
The Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular is based on the comics and children's books of popular artist and writer Jill Thompson. Jill has won numerous awards for her fabulous watercolour ... See full summary »
28. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 474,766 | Gross: $137.40M
30. It (I) (2017)
R | 135 min | Horror
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Votes: 491,621 | Gross: $327.48M
32. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
33. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
On Halloween 1968, Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.
Votes: 68,709 | Gross: $62.74M
34. R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015 TV Movie)
PG | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Teenage friends must resist the spell of an evil showman staging a house of horrors show in their small town.
35. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
R | 89 min | Horror
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Votes: 82,052 | Gross: $12.63M
36. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
Votes: 139,351 | Gross: $139.88M
37. The Addams Family (1964–1966)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Horror
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.
+ Halloween with the new Addams Family (1977)
38. The Munsters (1964–1966)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.
+ Munster, Go Home! & Munsters Revenge
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A frightened, withdrawn Philadelphia boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 944,494 | Gross: $293.51M
40. Hubie Halloween (2020)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Mystery
Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it's up to Hubie to save Halloween.
41. Coraline (2009)
PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Family
An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Votes: 209,539 | Gross: $75.29M
42. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.
45. The Frighteners (1996)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
Votes: 85,227 | Gross: $16.76M
46. The Witches (1990)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family